DIALYSIS TECHNICIANS operate kidney dialysis machines. The machines filter normal waste products and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer perform that function. Dialysis technicians work under the supervision of doctors and nurses. Technicians are responsible for both patient care and dialysis equipment maintenance and repair. Dialysis technicians get the dialysis equipment and the patient ready for the procedure. They watch the machine and make needed adjustments during dialysis. Dialysis technicians sometimes train patients for at-home dialysis treatment and provide them with the emotional support they need for self-care.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $36,000 average per year ($17.25 per hour)
- A medium occupation (87,900 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.6% per year)
DIALYSIS TECHNICIANS learn their skills through training programs in hemodialysis clinics. Some colleges offer training programs in dialysis. A few employers prefer technicians with two or more years of college and an emphasis in health science course work. Some states require dialysis technicians to have a license or certificate. Candidates must have at least one year of experience caring for patients with serious kidney disease. They must also pass a written examination.